Women’s basketball fall to HCAC rival Manchester

Makayla McFarland

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Earlham College women's basketball suffered a road lost to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Manchester University, 68-56, in a rare Monday night rescheduled game at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena

Senior Makayla McFarland set the tone for the night, striking first for the Quakers by knocking down a three and stepping into the role of offensive leader which she would maintain throughout this contest. For the rest of the first quarter both teams shot well, especially Earlham who went 50 percent from behind the three-point arc.

Earlham fell behind in the second quarter after being held to 28.6 percent (4-of-14) shooting, while Manchester connected at a 33.3 percent (6-of-18) clip including two three-pointers. Earlham ended the half down, 34-25.

In the third quarter, the Quakers regained their shooting touch, but Manchester had an answer for every Earlham point allowing the Spartans to hold their lead.

The Quakers tried to fight back within striking distance in the fourth quarter, but they were unable to overcome the 14-point deficit heading into the final 10 minutes.

McFarland led the charge offensively for the Quakers scoring 17 points, with six rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Camryn White was not far behind with 13 points, four rebounds and one assist.

Sophomore guard Acacia Tenette once again anchored the defense with a team-leading nine rebounds, four assists, and five steals.

Women's basketball will be looking to capitalize on their home court advantage in their next matchup with Hanover College on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Tipoff will be at 7:30 p.m.